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Are Men and Women Equal?

Introduction

I think all rational men and women know that the sexes are not the same. Men and women come from different planets; they’re different creatures with contrasting mindsets, attitudes, views of the world, personalities, and senses of humor. So yes, I believe they can coexist in harmony like most other species on the planet (except for ants and grasshoppers). Are men and women equal? Not by a long shot; nor should they be–but they sure aren’t unequal, either. Whatever everyone else is probably thinking about me right now (including my wife), this article will explain my philosophy on what makes men and women equal even though they are not the same sex.

 

Are women and men equal in all aspects of life

The question “Are men and women equal?” has two parts. First, are men and women equal in abilities? The second part is “Are men and women equal in power?”

The essential fact is, men and women are not equal in abilities. If you asked me, I would say that men are better at some things and women are better at others.

But all that means is, “men are on average better than women.” Most of the differences between men’s and women’s abilities are not significant.

 

Are we stepping back with gender equality?

Are men and women inherently equal? No. But are we making progress? Yes.

Anthropologists studying gender roles in different cultures believe that there are universal patterns, but they vary in degree: in some societies, men and women have roughly equal status; in others, men are dominant, and women have little or no power.

But in the United States, things started badly. The 18th and 19th centuries were a time of great social turmoil, including horrific violence and isolation of the sexes. In the West, women were largely excluded from education and positions of authority. They were never allowed to vote, though, in 1920, they were given some limited voting, and when women did vote, they often voted for men.

And while there were very few women scientists, only 14 women were elected to the United States Congress in the 19th century, and only four in the 20th century.

By 1960, though, things were changing. The United States was in the midst of the civil rights revolution, and women’s groups had been pushing for political equality for decades; by 1960, women had won the right to work outside the home, and in 1964 they were allowed to vote.

Since then, progress has been steady. Women now make up about half the students in college, and though they make up only 24 percent of science and engineering majors, women have become a majority of the graduates of those fields.

Some seem to think that men and women are the same and that, therefore, any inequality between the sexes is natural. Though men and women are fundamentally different, differences in how their brains work mean that one sex has advantages and disadvantages in others.

 

 

Men are better with the map; women are better with the compass

The first idea was that men and women were not only equal but interchangeable. But the second idea that women had different innate aptitudes was uncontroversial. When the idea was first proposed, women were excluded, but the idea quickly became so popular that it was extended to both sexes.

Both ideas were wrong. But neither one made any logical sense. Men are good at navigating by map, and women by compass. The more obvious explanation is that map reading is practical, and compass reading is impractical.

This has nothing to do with sex. Women can navigate by map just as effectively and efficiently as men. But map reading is more practical, and compass reading is impractical for practical purposes.

Men are better with the map.

Women are better with the compass.

What map? What compass?

The maps are the maps men used to conquer the land. The men used maps that showed everything and in an orderly way. The women used maps that didn’t show anything clearly. The women used maps that showed only what seemed obvious. The men used maps that say, “There is a river, “Thee women said, “There is water.” The men used maps that say, “There is a path,” and the women said, “There is a way.”

And the compasses? The compasses were the women’s way of finding their way home. The women’s compasses don’t point north. They point muddy.

The women’s compasses point south.

The women’s compasses point east.

The women’s compasses point west.

The women’s compasses point north.

 

The stereotypical roles of mother/wife/career woman are limiting

One of the core ideas of feminism is gender equality. But though the idea is good, the feminist movement has made some terrible choices in its attempt to implement it.

Feminists have traditionally said that the sexist stereotype as someone’s mother, wife, or career woman is limiting. But from a practical point of view, this thesis is almost the opposite of the truth. The stereotypical roles have many advantages.

Every woman I know who has worked full time in a family is a happy and productive person. Her career comes second to her family. Most mothers have had great careers, including high-powered jobs and positions as leaders in their organizations. Women I know who have devoted their lives to their families have had great careers, including high-powered jobs and positions as leaders in their organizations.

The stereotype is a poor choice for evaluating women’s lives. It is neither good nor bad; it is just wrong. For one thing, it ignores the fact that married women, on average, have careers that contribute just as much as their husbands’ careers (and, in many cases, more).

For another thing, the stereotype is too narrow. It ignores the fact that most mothers and wives do not work outside the home. The stereotype focuses entirely on mothers and wives and ignores all the other people who bring energy, intelligence, and wisdom to their lives.

The stereotypical roles are limiting because they are too narrow. Socially, we are better off when we include everyone and recognize everyone’s contributions, when we acknowledge that women’s lives are not just one thing, mother, wife, and career.

On the other hand, the stereotypical roles are not a wrong choice for the women who play them.

 

Both sexes have different strengths

In an age when women seem determined to prove they are as good at everything as men, we lose sight of how women are still different.

Men are better at some things, and women are better at others. These differences aren’t just arbitrary or the result of social conditioning: our brains are shaped differently.

According to recent brain research, men have more neurons in their amygdala, a part of the brain involved in fear and rage. When men are angry, their amygdala emits lots of express trains of action potentials, electrochemical signals that travel along the neurons. Women, on the other hand, have a smaller amygdala, and the electrical activity in their amygdala is more like a slow-moving river.

Men also have more neurons in their hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for complex learning. Men have roughly twice as many neurons as women in this area. And the more neurons you have in any one area, the easier it is to learn.

Men also have larger adrenal glands, and a larger hippocampus, and a larger amygdala. Men also have larger testicles, larger muscles, an enormous heart, and a larger brain. And men make more testosterone.

The differences between men and women are not trivial. They are essential. But they are also not equal.

There are things women can do better than men. Men are better at some things and women better at others. Men are better than women at some things, and women are better than men at others.

Conclusion

Men and women have different strengths. Unlike what you might think, they are not equally good at everything. They are good at different things. Both sexes seem to have taken the feminist revolution to mean, “Men and women are equal in everything, except maybe in figuring out when to go to the bathroom.”Society rises above gender stereotypes to achieve success.

 

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Is Feminism Good for Modern Society?

Introduction

Feminism — a dirty word to many. This country is probably as divided as it has ever been on the issue of women’s rights and what role women should play in the workplace and society as a whole. Is feminism good for modern society? Feminism is a highly disputed movement in contemporary society. People get angry and defensive, making it difficult to get an open and honest conversation going. Unfortunately, this happens because debates about feminism have a lot going on for them. They get in touch with the fundamental issues surrounding the place of women in modern society—a blog about the goals of feminism and its obstacles.

What are the goals of feminism?

A man can be a man. A woman can be a woman. That’s the ideal.

But the ideal is moving away from gender-specific roles. Of course, this ideal is still a long way off.

Gender-specific roles are a bad bargain. They tie women down. Women don’t have the same opportunities as men, and society is far more unfair toward women than men. The solution to that unfairness is not to do away with gender-specific gender roles but to find ways to be better managed.

Women’s empowerment is a solution. Empowerment means giving women the same opportunities as men but including them in decisions that affect them. Empowerment means giving them the same opportunities as men but letting them make their own decisions. Empowerment means giving them the same opportunities as men but giving them something extra.

Equality means not treating men and women differently. Equality means treating men and women the same. Equal means equal.

Recognition of diversity means treating people as individuals, not as representatives of their group. Recognition of diversity means recognizing, for example, that a man can be a woman, and a woman can be a man. Recognition of diversity means acknowledging that some people prefer, and some people prefer to avoid, sex roles.

Feminists disagree about what all these goals mean. But they agree on the fundamental point: feminists are not arguing in favor of bad choices; they are arguing for better options. Their arguments are not about giving women special privileges. They are about making sure women are treated the same as men to have the same opportunities as men. Feminists recognize diversity.

 

Where are the obstacles for today’s feminists?

I once heard a modern feminist explain to an audience of atheists that she believed that women are inherently superior. The atheists nodded, unconvinced.

A few exchanges like that, and it’s tempting to assume that modern feminism is dead. But feminism is not over, and today’s feminists are still encountering the same dilemma their predecessors faced.

The dilemma is this: if women are naturally better, then it’s almost as if women have been cheated. It’s not fair. Women deserve better than what they have.

But how can they get better than what they have? By pushing themselves, of course. But making yourself takes effort. And, as feminists discovered, and as anyone who spends enough time around first-year college students knows, the action is costly.

In modern times, feminists tried to solve the problem by downplaying the allegedly innate superiority of women. They thought this would make it easier for feminists to achieve their goals. But it didn’t.

Still, feminists were right about one thing: the disadvantages women face in our society are real. And feminists are still trying to solve it. But today, there are two main obstacles.

The first is political: there are two major political parties, and both have policies that treat women as second-class citizens.

The other is psychological: feminists, like other people, are motivated to avoid pain. The greater the pain women suffer, the harder it is to get them to change.

Those obstacles are bad enough, but another problem also hinders feminists. Two feminist theorists, Judith Butler and Catharine MacKinnon argue that when societies treat women as second-class citizens, that hurts women more than it hurts men.

 

Is Feminism good for modern society?

The first point I want to make is that feminism isn’t necessarily good. Feminist goals, properly understood, are incompatible with many values that we hold dear. To take just one example, feminism is intrinsically hostile to the family, and as a result, it has undermined it. According to a 2010 Pew survey, about 40% of American adults are married. But 58% of never-married adults are women — and 83% of never-married adults under age 30 are women. If feminism were good for modern society, the number of married adults would have risen; instead, it has plummeted.

But feminism isn’t really about gender at all. It’s about power. Feminism is an extreme version of a liberal ideology. Liberalism is all about maximizing individual liberty, and feminism is all about maximizing personal power over others.

The feminist goal is to eliminate all inequalities and destroy the institutions that make those inequalities possible. The feminist goal is to eliminate all status distinctions by destroying the institutions of status and the status quo. The feminist goal is to eliminate all hierarchies by destroying the institutions of order. The feminist goal is to eliminate all distinctions between men and women by destroying the institutions of sex.

The feminist goal is to eliminate the social contract. The feminist goal is to eliminate the idea of equality before the law. The feminist goal is to eliminate the concept of individual rights. The feminist goal is to stop civil rights.

The feminist goal is to prevent men from ever aspiring to positions of power. The feminist goal is to play rough and compete with men. The feminist goal is to dominate men.

The feminist goal is to undermine traditional authority.

Traditional vs. modern feminism

Feminism has been changing a lot lately. What was once thought of as radical is now considered mainstream? Traditional feminism is, in fact, largely mainstream now, especially in the United States.

Traditional feminism is the idea that women’s freedom and independence are essential and that society should help them do so. Modern feminism is the idea that women have even more space and autonomy than before and that the community should help them do so even more.

Traditional feminism argues that women should be treated equally, without regard to their sex. Modern feminism argues that women should be treated equally but without regard to their sex. Traditional feminism says that men and women are different but that the differences are complementary—that sex differences shouldn’t be used to divide the sexes. Modern feminism says sex differences shouldn’t be used to split the sexes, but also that men and women are different, and women should behave more like men.

Modern feminism says women’s power, freedom, and independence are essential, but traditional feminism argues that space, energy, and independence are paramount. Traditional feminism argues that women should be free to do whatever they want, even if that means taking jobs traditionally done by men, such as investment bankers. Modern feminism says women should be free to do whatever they want and that even if they don’t, society should accept their choices as long as they don’t hurt others. Traditional feminism says that men should be afraid of women, but modern feminism says that men should be afraid of women, and other men, too.

Traditional feminism says that women are different, but modern feminism says women are interchangeable.

 

Traditional feminism vs. liberal feminism

Liberal feminism is the branch of feminism most visible in popular culture, though historians usually recognize it as an older tradition. It emerged in the early twentieth century when women began to enter the workforce in large numbers. Liberals were the ones who insisted that women must be valued as individuals, not as sex objects. They opposed biological determinism, which held that men and women were the same except that women had less physical strength.

Liberal feminism recognized the cleavage between men and women and argued that women’s emancipation was good for society. It promoted the idea that women should be educated and encouraged to become good citizens and that feminism should be supported in principle.

Traditional feminists, on the other hand, believed that women’s lives had been oppressed by centuries of male domination. Traditional feminists thought that women would be better off not participating in the workforce and that society would be better off if men weren’t forced to spend half their time raising children.

Traditional feminists also challenged the idea that men and women were essentially equal. They believed that there was an essential difference between men and women and that this difference was in response to the needs of society. Women, they believed, were better suited to motherhood and domestic work, while men were better suited to military service. Traditional feminists worried that modern society was damaging the natural balance between the two sexes.

The conflict between liberal and traditional feminism continues to this day. Liberals support women’s equality in principle, while traditionalists argue that women need special protection from men. Traditionalists support the conventional division of gender roles, while liberals believe society should encourage women to be independent. Liberals believe that unless women are allowed to play as full a role in society as men do, women will suffer.

Liberals like to say that feminism is the equal-opportunity opponent of sexism. But the right words for this view are “equal opportunity opponents,” not “opponents.”

Feminism’ opponents are people who discriminate against women. Traditional feminism’s opponents are not because they are not sexist.

And so, when traditional feminism says that women should work outside the home, it is implicitly saying that women who do not should stay at home.

Traditional feminism’s opponents have been sexist. But its opponents have not been.

 

Conclusion

I don’t think it’s fair that women have to do everything that men have to do to be accepted as equals. We all have our roles in life that are different. I don’t see why we’re supposed to change the system just because the rules are unfair. There is no way. When it comes to feminism, “the great is the enemy of the good.” Decide for yourself how you feel about feminism and why. The success of feminism depends on how you choose to do so. Both camps can agree on the same thing but for different reasons. Feminism is complex!

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Without Feminism, the world would be a scary place:

Introduction

The glaring absence of the feminist movement in the past few decades has resulted in unspeakable acts that many women never thought they were capable of doing – to other women or men. Today, the world would not be how it is now if it wasn’t for feminist action. Feminism was able to work hard for what women deserve and helped them achieve their goals, beliefs, and principles regarding equality among the sexes. In today’s world, feminism is still a misunderstood word with a negative stigma attached to it. This post will outline what feminism is and what it means for women in society today. Also, I’ll address why we need feminism and why women need to understand what it is to grow in society.

 

Why do we need feminism?

Without feminism, the world would be a dreadful place.

Women’s liberation is no longer radical; it’s common sense.

But though feminism isn’t radical, it might surprise you to learn how important it was in the first place.

A radical movement starts by imagining the world wrong and proposing to change it. Feminism had that advantage. It imagined the world wrong: that women were as capable as men — and better than some men — but that society did not value what they could do. So it suggested changing the value system.

It succeeded. Today most people take for blessed the idea that women deserve the same rights as men.

But feminists didn’t just win an argument. They won power. Feminism earned women the right to say what they think and do what they want, not just what men believe.

Because of that, the world today is a good place.

But feminists also won a responsibility. A responsibility that, in the past, women had shared. As mothers, as wives, as sisters, as daughters. Today, however, women no longer have that shared responsibility. They have a separate one.

Today, as women, we shape the world. We get to determine what kind of world we need.

It isn’t a gentle responsibility, but it is a great thing to have.

And, as feminists, we have the best argument for wanting to be in control. We have the best assertion in the world.

 

 

Examine how much better off society is with feminism in action

Feminism has done a substantial amount of good for society.

But it can be hard to appreciate because change is so slow. Think about all the changes and improvements women have made lately compared to, say, a hundred years back. The ideas we associate with feminism are relatively new. Women’s alliances have been around for a long time. What is new is the extent of those rights and how far they have come.

In 1890, when women gained the right to vote in the United States, only three American states had laws requiring women to get their husbands’ permission before marrying. Women were also prohibited from voting in 38 states, and Mississippi and Missouri even required women to be 21 years old before they were allowed to vote. Women could not own property or even keep money in 19 states.

Today women in the United States have all the same possession and bonds as men. They have the same permit to education and careers. They are no longer lawfully bound to their husbands, and parents are no longer honestly bound to their children.

Were it not for women’s activism, many of these rights would not have been realized. The movement for women’s rights was, in fact, an activism movement. Women did far more than armchair intellectuals. They marched, they picketed, they picketed some more.

And somewhere along the way, women realized something that had been obvious to men all along. It wasn’t just that they were equivalent to men. It was that they were fortunate. Women see things differently. They are more biologically attuned to the world and its problems. They are more empathetic and intuitive.

Feminists argue that this better perspective makes them better at managing businesses, writing software, investing and trading, and designing products. Feminists say that gender bias is costing us billions.

 

The word ‘feminism’ is scary.

The word ‘feminism’ sounds as scary as ‘feminazi, and almost as dangerous to many.

But feminism is not an awful word. The scary word is ‘feminazi. That is a made-up word.

The word ‘sexist’ is scarier still. Feminists don’t like that word either. The word ‘theism’ is even worse. Feminists don’t believe in people; they believe in God.

Feminists are people who care about women’s equality with men. They believe that the same standards should judge men and women and that men should not be favored or advantaged for the sake of being men.

‘Feminism’ is just a word for people who overlook these things.

Feminists are people who combat sexism. Feminists want equality, but equality means different things to different people.

Feminists want women to be equal to men, but some think that men being equal to women means getting everything, and women should be punished for wanting anything. Feminists want women to feel powerful, but some people think they should make everyone else feel powerless.

 

Feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights based on the parallelism of the sexes.

The feminists’ debates about the benefits of equality—and the worth and rights of women—are not new. Citing the equality of men and women, Plato wrote that “a woman of the greatest fortune and the least virtue is half the man.” The feminists’ arguments are those of a long line of thinkers, from ancient to modern, who have advanced the notion that men and women are the same under the skin, with the same capacities, aspirations, and needs.

But because many of them were men, their arguments were usually drowned out by the tides of opinion. It’s often difficult to see such arguments as anything but an attack on women. So feminism emerged as a matter of necessity: because men in power denied women their rights, feminists had to speak up, not by attacking men, but by focusing on women’s rights.

Feminists are not against men. They are for equal rights. Men are human beings, and human beings are we. Women are not greater than men; they are different. But they are not different in a way that makes one boss to the other.

Some feminists, to be sure, have overstated the differences between men and women. But feminists also tend to overstate the similarities: both women and men have the potential, for example, to become great scientists, great mathematicians, great politicians, great entrepreneurs, and great leaders. Feminists don’t withhold that, but they know that it takes work.

A society in which men and women are equally free to develop their potential will be stronger, more resilient, and more creative than one in which they are unequal. In a world where men think women’s place is in the kitchen and women think men are incapable of being leaders, why would anyone bother to develop their potential?

 

What would happen if feminism didn’t exist now?

What would life be like today if feminism didn’t survive?

If we lived in Newton’s day, this would be a pretty scary thought. Women would traditionally have been expected to be married off by age 16 and at most 25. Children were an obligation, not a choice, and contraception was illegal.

But don’t worry. The crises were solved long ago.

Today, women are free to choose their careers and marry whomever they want, and have as many children as they want.

So what if feminism didn’t survive?

Well, there would be a lot of better men in the world.

Far more.

The fraction of men over age 16 would be about 20 percent less than it is now.

That means, of course, that the world would be a lot more jammed since 20 percent of the world’s population is men.

The world would also be a lot more brutal.

The fraction of men over age 16 who would fight in wars would be about 30 percent less than today.

That means, of course, that more men would die in wars.

 

Feminism doesn’t mean men are guilty

The feminist movement, in some ways, is a victim of its success: it’s no longer radical enough. If you were a woman in 1970, you probably would have been outraged by male domination, but you might have expected things to get better. Now, however, things are getting worse.

Part of the problem is that feminism has twisted into an ideology. The feminist movement was initially about equity, about treating men and women as equals. But these days, the feminist movement has become about raising women’s self-esteem and making them feel good about themselves. You can’t have that; you can’t raise self-esteem by ignoring that men are better than women.

Feminism has become an ideology because feminists, like most people, tend to see their position as an enlightened one, a natural extension of what they already think. But any given position is itself the result of some set of beliefs; beliefs change, and with them, so, too, do positions. It’s essential to understand your own beliefs and understand why you hold them.

The feminist movement has also changed because it has become associated with left-wing politics. Political movements tend to become more extreme over time; more minor extreme movements die out. But feminists have also changed. Today’s feminists are more likely to believe that men are guilty.

The feminist movement became associated with left-wing politics because left-wing politics was, at one time, the only socially acceptable way to be a feminist. But left-wing politics became associated with feminism because left-wing politics was, at one time, the only socially acceptable way to be a man.

The feminist movement has become associated with left-wing politics because left-wing politics is the only socially acceptable way to be liberal. The left has traditionally defined itself in opposition to conservatives, which is fine.

 

Conclusion

Feminism is a social activity that aims to achieve equality for women. Feminism is everything. We all need to realize and work together to make this world a better place. For decades, men and women were treated differently. Some believe that was for the better; others think it was for the worse. A world without feminism would be frightening! Understand why feminism can be doubtful. The world wouldn’t exist without feminism.  Help women realize how hard their mothers and grandmothers have fought for the liberties they have today. They have a lot of struggle to do; let’s start by educating them on who did all the dirty work.

 

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Why Fear is a bad motivation choice?

Introduction

Fear is a powerful motivator. We tend to overlook when making decisions. It has been present in everything from ancient times where our existence was on the line to conspiracy theories among modern people. It’s been on the television screen on numerous occasions. It even drove a lot of behavioral patterns of our species daily. Yet, your fear of not getting a job you applied for is not going to get you from might be interested in knowing why fear can be counterproductive and how it can make you make bad choices. No one likes fear, at least I hope so. Fear is a lousy motivation choice for a lot of reasons. In this article,e we will look deep into it and identify how we can overcome fear in the workplace and life in.

Fear is a bad motivator

Fear is a lousy motivator. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is. Fear can hold you back from achieving your goals in life, and it can leave you feeling disappointed and disillusioned. Fear can hold you back from taking risks, and it can cause you to retreat rather than push forward. Fear can make you do things you might regret, and it can make you do things that might hurt other people. Fear can make us fearful of something; it can make us nervous or uncertain about something.

It’s a negative emotion that clouds your judgment, making it harder for you to make sound decisions. Fear can also prevent you from pursuing opportunities that could potentially lead you closer to success. Fear impacts the way you behave, which affects your relationships with others. Fear can also make you overly cautious and risk-averse, which can limit your progress in life.

 

On the other hand, love, gratitude, and compassion are great motivators

 

The best motivation is love. It’s what gives us the courage to do things that might seem scary at first. When we want something badly enough, we’ll do almost anything to get it. Love can motivate us to work harder, think more creatively, eliminate self-doubt and fear of failure. Love encourages us to be generous, helpful, and generous with ourselves. Love is also contagious — it spreads from person to person like wildfire, affecting all of us in ways we can’t always anticipate.        Fear is a lousy motivator because it makes you focus on the wrong things. Your goal should be to move forward in life, not to avoid pain or failure. Fear is the negative side of love. It’s what prevents you from taking action and making progress. Imagine you have a huge goal you want to achieve. But every time you try to make a move, fear tells you to slow down or stop. This makes you focus on the wrong things: how to avoid pain, how not to fail, how not to get left behind or disappointed.

 

Choosing fear as a motivation method is short-sighted

The fear of the unknown is a powerful motivator. It drives us to take action, even when we are afraid. It drives us to take action even when we are unsure of what will happen. But fear is a lousy motivator in the long term. It keeps you focused on immediate results rather than developing long-term strategies. It keeps you focused on short-term rewards rather than long-term growth. Fear stops you from taking risks, trying new things, and failing. It keeps you focused on short-term results rather than the long-term.

Fear is a lousy motivator. It causes you to give up on your long-term goals. It causes you to avoid opportunities that could improve your quality of life. Fear is a negative emotion that makes you feel helpless and powerless. If you are afraid to do something, it is a sign that you lack confidence in your ability to succeed. Fear causes you to focus on negatives instead of positives; it causes you to make rash decisions; it causes you to procrastinate; it causes you to give up.

 

Don’t rely on fear of failure as a way to motivate yourself

Fear is a limiting emotion. It prevents you from trying new things and prevents you from succeeding in life. That’s why it’s so important to learn how to overcome fear. When you’re afraid to do something, your brain heats up and makes you more stressed, which results in an inability to think clearly and make good decisions. This makes it difficult for you to take action on the things that matter most to you.

Failure is the worst thing that can happen to you. It causes you to put off doing what you know you should, keeping you from reaching your goals. But worse than failure is the fear of failing. It’s paralyzing, and it makes you overthink things. Fear keeps you from achieving goals, and it can even make you give up things you genuinely want. It’s an emotion that many people are afraid of – especially entrepreneurs – because it keeps them from taking action.

 

To rely on fear is to rely on negative emotion

Fear is a negative emotion that keeps you from being your best self. It causes you to make poor decisions, and,  in the long run, it prevents you from reaching your goals. Fear is a powerful tool, but it’s also one that should be harnessed. Fear can motivate you to stay focused and disciplined, but it can also make you cut back in some regions of your life. The key is understanding the difference between fear and laziness. Fear will keep you from achieving your goals, while laziness will keep you from trying.

Fear is a motivation killer. Fear causes us to give up. To give up what we love, what we want. It stops us from being our best selves. It stops us from taking risks. Fear stops us from trying new things, from reaching for our dreams. Fear stops us from loving people. Fear stops us from living our lives with passion and joy.

 

 

Conclusion

You should commit to removing the horrible experience from your subconscious mind and make a conscious choice. Use positive motivation to power through the tough times. Always try to shift to a mindset that gives you a sense of greater peace and well-being. By letting things go, you can make room for what you want to bring into your life. It would help if you focused on what you want, not what you don’t want. Getting rid of fear can help you take a risk without a lot of costs associated. Use curiosity to ignite your motivation instead of using fear as a motivator. Replace fear with the outcome you want, and make it non-negotiable Being afraid is normal, but lowering your guard can help you avoid wasting time.

 

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Working out Isn’t Just About Looking Good, It’s About Feeling Good:

Introduction

 

Working out isn’t just about looking good; it’s about feeling good. Whether you’re an athlete, want to get in shape, or feel like you won’t live long enough to buy a big house in Texas, working out is for you. It doesn’t matter how young or old you are because at any age; you make time to work out. It may seem daunting because your daily routine doesn’t give you much time to exercise. Exercise can improve your self-esteem and confidence when you are in good shape. This blog talks about the importance of exercising, along with how to do it right so that you can get the most out of it.

 

Importance of exercise to ward off depression

 

Regular exercise is one of the most effective treatments for managing depression. But there’s a lot more to working out than just looking good.

Working out plays a very important role in treating depression. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in 2014 that depressed adults should engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week. That’s a minimum of 30 minutes a day, five days a week.

Exercise boosts levels of neurotransmitters that make us feel good, but there’s more to it than that.

Exercise boosts levels of growth factors, too. Growth factors are linked to neurogenesis, the process by which new neurons are formed in the brain.

As neurogenesis occurs, levels of the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) increase, stimulating the growth of new brain cells.

Neurogenesis is also important for cognitive functioning, which improves with exercise.

Exercise also triggers the release of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a growth factor that stimulates the growth of new brain cells.

Getting an exercise prescription from a health professional is always a good idea. Nevertheless, there are some simple things you can do on your own.

 

Why you should take care of your body

 

The first step to building a strong, healthy body is taking care of it.

By eating healthy, exercising regularly, and drinking enough water, you’re able to give your body the fuel it needs to stay strong, healthy, and functioning at peak efficiency.

And in addition to that, when you take care of your body and mind, it becomes easier to focus on your goals.

But don’t just take our word for it.

Here are some of the benefits of exercising regularly:

Exercise improves your mental clarity.

People who exercise regularly experience a boost in mental clarity.

Researcher Sergio Gonzalez at Texas A&M University found that people who regularly exercise have better cognitive processing speed and focus than people who don’t.

Exercise reduces stress.

When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which make you feel good.

Research shows that regular aerobic exercise decreases stress and anxiety and improves mood, leading to better sleep.

Exercise strengthens your immune system.

Exercise helps your body fight disease.

Researchers at Brigham Young University found that people who exercised regularly were up to 50 percent less likely to develop the flu than those who never exercised.

Exercise leads to better overall health.

Regular exercise can help protect you against cardiovascular disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer.

Exercise helps maintain a healthy weight.

In addition to helping you maintain a healthy weight, exercising regularly can help strengthen your bones, increase your metabolism and help you maintain healthy body weight.

Exercise can improve the appearance of your skin.

When you exercise, your body uses oxygen more efficiently, reducing fatigue and giving you more energy.

Studies have shown regular aerobic exercise can help reverse skin aging and improve your complexion.

Exercise can increase your self-confidence.

When your body is healthy, you’re more likely to be confident.

 

Why workout makes you feel good in the long term

 

When we walk, run, or work out, we trigger the sympathetic nervous system. This is the “fight or flight” response that prepares us to deal with stress in a physical rather than emotional way. The parasympathetic nervous system is the opposite — the “rest and digest” response. When we’re in this “rest and digest” state, we increase blood flow to the muscles, encouraging them to grow. When we work out, we stimulate the sympathetic nervous system. This helps our muscles grow, increasing our heart rate, blood pressure, and blood sugar.

This higher heart rate, blood pressure, and blood sugar make people feel energized, making them feel better in the short term. However, this short-term “high” leads to more than just that post-workout glow.

Exercise triggers the release of endorphins — hormones that improve our mood and make us feel good. Exercise also increases the amount of serotonin and dopamine in your brain. These chemicals, in turn, improve our ability to sleep, decrease pain, and make us more likely to seek out new experiences. This, in turn, leads to more happiness because trying new things makes us happy.

If this sounds counterintuitive, consider that most people who suffer from depression or anxiety usually report feeling better after exercising.

So working out isn’t just about looking good; it’s about feeling good. As your body changes, you feel better about yourself. As your body changes, you feel better about yourself.

That, in turn, leads to more confidence and an increase in your self-esteem. So if exercise makes you feel good and leads to better self-esteem, why don’t more people do it?

We get distracted.

 

The difference between those who exercise regularly and those who don’t

 

Exercise is one of the most important things we can do for our bodies, and yet so many of us don’t do it.

The problem isn’t just that exercise isn’t fun (it can be!); it’s that, for most of us, exercise isn’t an essential part of our daily routine.

Researchers say that exercise has many benefits, including increased energy, better sleep, and fewer mood swings. And, of course, that regular exercise will make you physically fit, allowing you to climb stairs, carry groceries, or fit into smaller clothes.

But there may be another benefit that many don’t consider: a fitter body, and a healthier mind, can help you feel better about yourself.

This isn’t just a theory; it’s been studied.

Researchers from the University of Michigan conducted a study that showed that people who exercise regularly tend to be happier and more confident than those who don’t do as much.

Conclusion

 

Exercise can help sculpt, strengthen, and shape your body most amazingly. Exercise is so much more than just looking good. Most people think that working out is too hard or only meant to be endured. It does a lot more for you than you may think, plus it feels good. Exercise doesn’t just benefit the body but also the mind. Just by setting foot in the gym, you’re already on your way to a healthier life. You have to keep going. Improving yourself doesn’t stop at losing weight; it includes mind and body improvement too. Exercise is more than just a hobby or a way to look good. It should be part of your daily routine

 

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Get fit and stay fit

Introduction 

Staying fit can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. By working out regularly and eating healthy, you can change your life for the better! These changes may seem small at first, but over time they will improve your health and fitness level. However, staying fit can become complicated if you don’t have a routine to follow. So many people fall off and give up and quit because they don’t know how to make the process easier and more successful. I’m going to share how you can get and stay fit and build a routine around it. If you want to develop a fitness routine based on the latest health trends — this is the blog for you.

 

Getting Fit Doesn’t Have to be Hard

 

Getting fit doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. You don’t need to buy expensive equipment or join a gym. You can work out for no cost at all.

Staying fit is just as important. Below are seven simple things you can do to keep healthy.

1. Get moving. Exercise doesn’t have to be done at the gym. You can do yoga, take a brisk walk, or go for a run. You have no excuse not to get moving.

2. Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated helps you feel energized throughout the day. It can also help flush out toxins from your body. So drink plenty of water.

3. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can help restore your body’s natural pH balance. It can also add fiber to your diet. Try adding fresh vegetables to your daily meals.

4. Get some sunshine. The sun’s harmful UV rays can be destructive to your skin. But getting a few minutes of sun each day can rejuvenate your skin. It can also boost your energy level.

5. Don’t give up. It’s easy to get discouraged if you’re trying to lose weight. But it would be best if you didn’t give up. Stay positive and keep going.

6. Avoid sweets. Don’t give in to the temptation of sweets. They taste great, but they’re not good for you.

7. Get enough sleep. Staying up late can often make you more tired. So try to get at least eight hours of sleep each night.

Getting fit doesn’t have to be complicated. So don’t give up. You can do it.

 

Do Not Stop Moving!

 

You’ve heard it before — don’t stop moving. And it’s true. Exercise is the most critical thing you can do for your health. It lowers blood pressure, decreases stress, helps your body fight off disease and illness, and keeps you looking and feeling young.

And yet, many of us don’t get the exercise we need. And, unfortunately, we can’t just will ourselves to work out. We must find an exercise regimen that we enjoy and that fits into our already busy lives.

Luckily, there’s a wealth of great exercise routines available online, and many of them are fun and straightforward. Walking is one of the simplest activities you can do, and it doesn’t require any specialized equipment or gym memberships. Walking is one of the best exercises because it works nearly every muscle in your body and strengthens your cardiovascular system.

 

 

Your Productivity is Inversely Proportional to Your Fitness Level

 

Physical activity and physical fitness levels tend to decline with age.

While many people are happy to accept this as a natural part of aging, there is evidence that your fitness level directly affects your productivity.

A 2014 study in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, for example, found that an increase in physical fitness levels was linked to a 17 percent increase in productivity.

According to the study, the boost in productivity was especially pronounced in younger workers.

“Physical activity, or physical fitness, has been consistently linked to productivity,” said study author Daniel Casas-Sánchez, an assistant professor at Brunel University in London.

“The bottom line is that productivity is strongly and positively associated with physical fitness, and the younger you are, the greater the effects of a higher level of physical fitness on your productivity.”

 

Make fitness your priority

 

Being fit can be great for your health, but it’s even better for your career. Working out helps keep you mentally alert, focused, and energized. Plus, it’s a great way to relieve stress.

Fitness goes beyond the gym. The fitness industry alone is a massive $3 billion industry, with supplements, exercise equipment, classes, and personal training services generating significant revenue.

And it’s not just the fitness industry that benefits. People who exercise tend to have more confidence and feel better about themselves. It’s no surprise that they also enjoy better relationships with colleagues and coworkers.

So how can you get fit and stay fit?

Start by setting aside some time to work out. You’ll be surprised at how quickly a 30-minute workout turns into an hour or that you don’t feel tired at the end of the day. An hour of exercise each day, five days a week, is a great start, but you don’t have to do all 30 minutes at once. Find whatever time works for you, whether it’s morning, afternoon, or evening.

After that, focus on your workout. Don’t lose sight of your goals. If you’re trying to lose weight, for example, don’t feel pressured to work out for an hour every day. Instead, target 10 minutes a day, five days a week. Setting smaller, daily goals can help you stay focused.

Continue with exercise because it’s good for you — and it’s great for your professional life.

 

Conclusion

 

The key to success in fitness and wellness is how well you can stay motivated and involved. To do that, choose activities that keep your interest and keep your motivation up. Working out is an effective way of staying in shape.   It helps you reduce stress and, at the same time, provides a feeling of euphoria after a good exercise session.  Take small steps every day, and you’ll get to your goal faster – make a plan and execute it. Set aside little time every day to work out. Eventually, you’ll see great results!

 

 

 

Imagine A World Without Depression

Introduction

Imagine a world without depression where depression doesn’t have a place in your life, where it’s a disease of the past, no longer an ever-present force in your life. The reality is a world without depression is possible. What does it look like? What is the environment like? How do people live their lives? Is it just as dark as today’s world with just as many people suffering from Manic Depression and Bipolar Disorder? Sometimes it helps to imagine a world without depression. When you can’t see a way out of a particular problem, you tend to get stuck there. If you want to be depressed, all you need is to stop doing whatever helped lift your mood. This post will delve deeply into the cause of depression, tips on preventing depression from striking, and various psychological treatments available for depression.

Imagine a World Without Depression

Imagine a world without depression. It sounds impossible. Think about that for a moment. Imagine a world without depression.

A world without depression.

Such a world would be filled with peace, tranquility, and love.

There would be no wars or fighting.

There would be no hate, jealousy, resentment, greed, or violence.

There would be no poverty.

There would be no sickness or disease.

There would be no sadness, loneliness, or despair.

There would be no sadness.

There would be no loneliness.

There would be no despair.

There would be no depression.

There would be no anger.

There would be no hate.

There would be no jealousy.

There would be no greed.

There would be no violence.

There would be no poverty.

There would be no sickness.

Imagine waking up tomorrow without anxiety, without fear, without worry, without forgetting, without fear of not knowing.

Imagine living your life without fear, anxiety, worry, and insecurity.

Imagine trusting yourself, trusting your instincts, trusting your intuition, trusting your God.

Imagine living your life without fear.

Imagine living your life without depression.

 

The reasons behind depression

 

Depression affects millions of people around the world every year. The good news is depression can often be treated, and most people with depression can lead a productive life.

What causes depression?

Depression is a complex mental illness. The exact causes of depression aren’t well understood, but research suggests that a combination of genetic, biological, and environmental factors play a role.

Depression can be triggered by life events, such as losing a job or divorce. It can also result from biological factors, such as medication or an underlying illness.

Research also suggests that the environment shapes depression. For example, growing up in poverty or violence at home may contribute to depression.

Depression can affect people differently. Some people have symptoms only during certain times, such as feeling sad or stressed. Others experience symptoms all the time.

People who experience depression are likely to have other mental health problems, such as anxiety or addiction.

Depression is often treated with talk therapy, antidepressants, or a combination of the two. If depression persists, people may need to enter a treatment program.

The biggest misconception about depression

 

Depression is a pervasive and devastating illness. The emotional pain it causes is profound, and its impact can be felt across all aspects of a person’s life.

For the person who suffers from it, depression can feel like unrelenting darkness. For others, depression can be hidden, as the symptoms manifest themselves through a range of physical or emotional behaviors rather than an inability to feel joy.

But regardless of who it affects, depression is a severe illness that can have lasting effects on a person’s relationships and career.

Depression is treatable, and many people experience a full recovery, but it takes a lot of support, time, and a commitment to overcome the condition.

Despite its severity, depression is still misunderstood. Many people incorrectly believe that depression is caused solely by sadness and that it’s a temporary condition — like sadness after losing a loved one or sadness after the death of a pet.

While sadness after loss is natural — and, in fact, an essential part of the grieving process — depression is an illness that afflicts millions of people each year.

Being surrounded by negative people and situations can contribute to depression. The loss of a loved one or a significant relationship, physical illness, financial pressure, and relationship problems can lead to depression.

While depression is an illness, it isn’t something a person chooses. It’s an illness that strikes unexpectedly, and it’s a serious one. While some people experience depression for a short time, others experience it for decades.

 

How to prevent depression

 

The metaphors we use to describe our reality shape our reality. So, if we are depressed, we might think the world is dark, lonely, and sad. If we think of depression as an illness, we might feel like a burden to ourselves and others.

If we think depression is caused by bad behavior, we might feel blamed for our condition. If we believe the problem is situational, we might feel helpless and hopeless.

These two false metaphors — the world is dark and full of sadness, and we’re to blame for our depression — are at the heart of my new book, The Upward Spiral.

These false metaphors are powerful because they offer an explanation, a reason, and a way out. They show up again and again in self-help books and daily conversations about mental illness.

Unfortunately, these explanations and reasons are false.

The Upward Spiral argues that depression isn’t caused by anything we do; no behavior or situation can make depression disappear. Instead, depression is the result of how we think — how we see the world and the way we feel about the world.

When we see the world as dark and lonely, when we blame ourselves for our depression, and when we feel helpless to change it, we’re less likely to see a way out. But when we see it as a mental problem and feel like we’re capable of changing it, we’re more likely to see a way out.

Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment without judgment — to your thoughts, emotions, and sensations as they come and go.

When you practice mindfulness, you deepen your awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and feelings.

 

Conclusion

 

Depression is a severe and sometimes deadly illness, and it’s not shy of affecting anyone. The best medicine for any problem is to freeze yourself from the toxins that cause depression and take advantage of an online psychology course to freeze your condition. It is not just something that happens to you, but an illness that’s happening to your brain. Understanding the underlying processes of depression will help people overcome it more effectively. Don’t let depression overwhelm you, seek help. Encouraging people to seek professional help can help reduce social stigma around mental illness. You wouldn’t want to imagine a world without friends or family, so don’t let depression define you as a person. Depression is treatable!

The Fine Line Between Depression and Anxiety

 

Introduction

 

Depression and anxiety are both mental conditions that need proper treatment. The main difference is that while depression involves a persistent low mood and an inability to enjoy previously pleasurable activities, anxiety involves overwhelming feelings of worry and apprehension about everyday situations. While the depressive disorder can lead to suicidal tendencies, anxiety leads to panic attacks, sleeping disorders, constant worrying, and other acute conditions. In this blog post, I will explain the fine line between depression and anxiety, as well as how stigma affects those who suffer from either state.

 

Learn about different kinds of depression and anxiety

 

Depression and anxiety are closely related but aren’t the same. Depression is a clinical disorder characterized by feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and exhaustion. Anxiety can be mild or severe, but it’s generally characterized by feelings of stress and worry, often accompanied by physical symptoms like hives, nausea, or muscle tension.

Most people will experience mild anxiety at some point in their lives. The fear of public speaking, for example, is anxiety, as is worrying about making a mistake at work. Many people also experience anxiety around how others perceive them, identified as a social anxiety disorder. Some people — about 8 percent — are diagnosed with a generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), which is characterized by persistent feelings of fear, nervousness, and restlessness.

Anxiety and depression share some of the same risk factors. Both are often caused by a combination of genetics, behavior, and life experiences, like trauma, illness, or injury. Some evidence also points to environmental factors, like exposure to toxins, such as lead and asbestos.

 

 

Know what you’re up against and what you need to know

 

Depression and anxiety are two of the most debilitating conditions you can suffer from. They can interfere with your ability to work, sleep, enjoy social activities, and do anything else you’d do daily. They cause physical ailments, including headaches, stomachaches, and chronic pain. The conditions are so widespread and disruptive that the World Health Organization (WHO) classified them as “serious mental and psychosocial disorders” in 2005.

Without the proper care, depression can last a lifetime. But with the appropriate treatment, depression, and anxiety can often be managed effectively.

Here’s a closer look at depression and anxiety:

Anxiety. This term refers to a wide range of emotional reactions, including stress, fear, and worry. While these feelings are normal and can be helpful at times, anxiety can be debilitating.

Depression. Many people equate depression with sadness, but the condition is much broader than that. Many people who experience depression feel hopeless or helpless, while others experience worthlessness or overwhelming sadness.

 

 

Learn how to cope and seek treatment

 

Depression and anxiety disorders are serious mental illnesses, and many people who struggle with them say that they’ve experienced severe feelings of hopelessness, guilt, and worthlessness.

But right alongside those crippling emotions, many people also experience debilitating physical symptoms, such as fatigue, headaches, stomach problems, and trouble sleeping.

These symptoms can make it difficult to work, care for loved ones or even take care of oneself.

Fortunately, help is available.

People who suffer from depression or anxiety can seek treatment at mental health facilities, which can provide medications and therapy.

Medication for depression. Anti-depressants are the first-line treatment for depression, especially severe cases that don’t respond to psychotherapy and lifestyle changes.

There are lots of types of antidepressants, and each works a little differently. It’s essential to have a treatment plan that considers the medications you’re taking and that your doctor monitors your progress closely.

Psychotherapy for depression. Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is another type of primary treatment for depression. It can help you learn to manage your thoughts and behaviors in ways that allow you to live a fulfilling life.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, is the most popular type of psychotherapy for depression. It can help you identify your negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones and teach you to challenge your negative beliefs.

Psychotherapy for anxiety disorders. In addition to medications and psychotherapy, many people also turn to psychotherapy for anxiety treatment.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help people identify their anxiety triggers and teach them techniques to manage their anxiety.

In addition to CBT, the APA says that exposure therapy, or “exposure and response prevention,” may be a good option for some people with anxiety issues.

 

 

Cognitive-Behavioral Approach to Being Depressed

 

Depression can take many forms, but it is usually characterized by sadness or feeling “down in the dumps” for an extended period. Yet, depression can have serious long-term effects on a person.

Depression has a variety of causes, and, like many other mental health disorders, it can be treated.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a type of psychotherapy that is focused on changing behavior. CBT involves analyzing patterns of thinking, feelings, and behaviors and then changing how they relate to a person’s life.

The cognitive-behavioral approach to depression involves changing negative or dysfunctional thoughts, behaviors, and feelings into positive ones. This approach is an effective treatment for depression.

CBT for depression involves working with a therapist to identify and change negative ways of thinking.

For example, people who believe that they are “bad” or “unlovable” might internalize these negative thoughts and feelings.

Through CBT, individuals might challenge these beliefs and replace them with the impression that they are worthy of love or that being inadequate or unworthy isn’t true.

CBT for depression also involves identifying and changing behaviors that may contribute to negative thoughts and feelings.

For example, a person might try to “numb out” their feelings or avoid specific people, places, or activities.

Through CBT, a person may instead learn to identify and deal with uncomfortable feelings, such as sadness or frustration, in productive ways.

CBT for depression is usually short-term, intending to help the patient productively manage symptoms.

However, some people with depression may be unable to overcome their problems through CBT. In those cases, psychiatrists may recommend medication.

A clinical trial has shown that CBT is more effective than medication.

 

Conclusion

 

For many people, depression and anxiety are a daily struggle, but with proper care, they can be managed. Complete health is possible for many, so get help when you need it.  Our emotions are not well understood, but that doesn’t mean there’s no treatment. Learn the difference between depression and anxiety, as well as how to combat each. It is an important distinction as both these conditions require different forms of treatment. Don’t let mental health issues hold you back. The sooner you seek the help of a professional, the better. You’re not alone. Fortunately, you live in a time when there are some resources to help you cope with these issues.

Scary Psychological Fact About Depression and Anxiety

 

Introduction

 

Are you living with depression and anxiety? Do you know that there is a common psychological factor among depression and anxiety? One scary psychological aspect you need to know is if you want to cure depression and anxiety. You have to know this because it’s the only way to fix your depression and anxiety. If you feel fear-stricken and depressed all the time, you’re not alone. This mental illness impacts millions of people all over the world. It’s no secret that human beings are prone to mental illnesses, but other things are at play, causing so many of us to have symptoms consistent with depression or anxiety.

 

The common psychological factor among depression and anxiety

 

The most common psychological factor among depression and anxiety is “feeling overwhelmed,” said Dr. Kenneth Zucker, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at New York University Langone Medical Center.

“The feeling that you’re struggling to keep up with everything,” he said, “is a common experience, widespread, among patients with anxiety and depression.”

“Dr. Zucker says that the feeling of overwhelm happens to all of us sometimes, but it’s especially problematic in people who are depressed or anxious.

“When you feel overloaded, your thinking slows down, and that, in turn, may activate symptoms like irritability, agitation, fatigue and problems with concentration,” said Dr. Zucker.

“Unmanaged, these feelings can spiral into full-fledged depression and anxiety,” he said.

For people who are depressed, feeling overwhelmed can feed feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, which, in turn, can worsen depression.

Anxiety can be made worse by feeling overloaded, too.

“The experience of anxiety is one where you’re worrying, and thinking about the future, and worrying about the past, and feeling like you’re always on edge,” said Dr. Zucker. “So you tend to be hypervigilant, and that’s one of the symptoms of anxiety.”

People with depression or anxiety often also experience feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, fatigue and problems with concentration.

These negative thoughts and feelings can contribute to feelings of vulnerability, leading to more negative thoughts and feelings.

“So even if you’re already feeling relatively calm and relaxed, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, it can trigger that downward spiral that starts with negative thoughts and feelings,” said Dr. Zucker.

 

 

Fear of failing

 

According to an article published in Harvard Business Review, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem are among the top 10 reasons people avoid taking action.

“Whenever you’re afraid of failing, you tend to avoid taking action,” writes David Rock, a Ph.D. psychology professor at the University of California, San Diego, and co-author of the book, The Confidence Code.

“People who express anxiety are often afraid to fail, so they avoid developing skills or taking risks. They’ll stay where they are, even if they’re unhappy because they’re afraid of being vulnerable,” Rock writes.

People who lack confidence, however, are typical “risk-takers.” They have the temperament to build and try out new skills.

Unfortunately, Rock points out; this trait is “often viewed as undesirable.”

“People who are confident are perceived as arrogant,” he writes. “They’re also often perceived as having high self-esteem. That’s problematic because high self-esteem can be detrimental to learning and growth – which is the opposite of what you want.”

So how can you increase your self-confidence?

First, pay attention to your self-talk. Do you talk to yourself as though you’re a terrible person? Do you tell yourself you’re unlovable?

“Self-talk is how your brain talks to itself,” says Rock. “If you always think you’re stupid or fat or unattractive, your brain will judge you accordingly.”

Second, realize that you aren’t broken, says Rock. “You don’t have to be perfect, and you don’t have to be perfect now. But the first step to improving is to stop believing, ‘I’m broken.’”

 

 

Social comparison

 

A new study suggests there’s a way to beat anxiety, depression and stress.

It’s all about social comparison.

According to researchers from New Zealand, the phenomenon, which has been studied over the years, is the “root of much stress and anxiety in modern society.”

“Social comparison describes the way that people compare themselves to others to gain status or achievement,” they write in a paper published in the journal Current Biology.

“It may thus be seen as the root of much stress and anxiety in modern society.”

In the study, the researchers analyzed the eye movements of 120 young participants while they viewed images of other people.

“These ratings were graded for each participant on a 1-5 scale, where 1 represented ‘very negative’ and 5 ‘very positive,'” they write.

The eye movements were then analyzed to discover exactly what was being compared.

“Overall, participants rated the social comparison stimuli (face images) as significantly more negative than non-social comparison stimuli (non-face images),” they write.

“This effect was more pronounced for the eyes, as rated by participants, than for the mouth, as rated by participants.”

The researchers believe that social comparison is a vital part of socialization, which helps children learn how to behave in different situations.

“The social comparison effect is thus not just an aspect of human psychology, but also an evolutionary adaptation,” they write.

“By comparing themselves to others, people learn which behaviors lead to status within a given group and thus, what behaviors to avoid.”

 

Anxiety can TRIGGER depression – or depression can trigger ANXIETY

 

Anxiety and depression are two sides of the same coin. Both disorders share many of the same symptoms.

Anxiety and depression are closely related, and anxiety and depression often occur together. Recent studies show that nearly 15% of depression and anxiety diagnoses involve a co-occurring disorder.

And while anxiety generally precedes a depressive episode, a depressive episode can be the catalyst for anxiety — people who are depressed often have trouble sleeping, are restless and irritable, and have difficulty concentrating.

Both depression and anxiety are chronic conditions, and treatment can take time. It’s important to remember that many cases of anxiety and depression can be treated and that, with the right medicines, most people get better.

 

 

Conclusion

Depression and anxiety symptoms may be alleviated by encouraging the sufferer to socialize, seek help from others, and not fear failure. There is no one size fits all solution to mental health problems, and that’s okay. It’s scary but true; depression and anxiety are brain disorders, don’t make it worse by thinking food is at fault. Eat right, exercise right, sleep right. Being active will improve your mental health more than anti-anxiety pills. If you notice some of the psychological factors in this blog and find yourself getting down or anxious more often, make a change and try to put yourself in a better mood overall.

Read our series of articles about mental illness

 

 

Body Shape Predicts Happiness And Health

 

Introduction

 

The shape of your body can reveal what lifestyle choices you make. If you find yourself struggling to control your weight, it could be because you’re not living the right lifestyle for your body shape. Furthermore, if your ideal body shape is not within an optimal range, it could prevent you from feeling your best.  If you have the best shape of all, you would be fit, strong, and healthy in so many ways. You would lead a balanced life with little or no health complications. This article talks about exploring what a shape is and how it predicts the way a person feels.

 

Your shape predicts your lifestyle

 

We first notice that a person’s body shape is how symmetrical or asymmetrical it is. Symmetry is an indicator of health and self-esteem. Symmetry, or balance, is a reflection of nature. Our bodies reflect this symmetry by having the same proportion of limbs, the same weight, and the same height.

Symmetry also indicates physical and mental well-being. Studies have shown that symmetrical bodies are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, and addiction.

An asymmetrical body may be a result of either nature or nurture. An asymmetrical body might be a result of obesity, illness, or an accident.

During adolescence, an asymmetrical body is still a sign of good health, but during adulthood, an asymmetrical body can be an indicator of the disease, injury, or mental illness.

The use of symmetry as a gauge of health is ancient. In ancient China, doctors believed they could predict a person’s health by noting the symmetry of their face. An asymmetrical face meant a person was susceptible to illness.

Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician, also believed that symmetry was an indicator of health. He believed that asymmetrical bodies were a sign of unbalanced natures and so were more prone to illness.

In 1821, the English physician Thomas Young conducted experiments that proved that symmetry was an indicator of health. He discovered that symmetrical bodies absorbed more light, showing they were healthy. An unbalanced body absorbed less light.

Modern scientists continue to study the link between symmetry and health and how it affects our psychological and physical health.

 

 

Typical signs that indicate an unhealthy body shape

 

You might not feel like you’re in an ideal body shape, but there’s a good chance you’re overweight. The average woman in the U.S. is 155 pounds overweight.

If you’re overweight, you’re at an increased risk of developing health problems. Obesity contributes to 13 leading causes of death in the U.S., including heart disease, stroke, certain types of cancer, diabetes, and certain types of respiratory disease. Being overweight also increases your risk of premature death.

Being overweight can also affect how you feel about yourself. People who are overweight tend to report feeling less attractive and less self-confident than healthy people.

Being overweight affects your looks, too. Being overweight can make your skin look sallow, making people see you as less attractive than you are. It also contributes to a “muffin top” — an excess of fat around the midsection, which many women dislike.

Being overweight can also affect your health in other ways. Obese people tend to have elevated levels of triglycerides, blood pressure, and bad cholesterol. Obese people also have an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis — a degenerative condition of the joints that causes pain, swelling, and decreased mobility.

Some people have a more difficult time losing weight than others. Some people turn to fad diets, which can result in long-term health problems. For others, it’s a matter of self-control. If you’re someone who tends to eat comfort food when you’re stressed or upset, for example, banishing comfort foods from your pantry and fridge can make it easier to eat healthily.

 

 

How each shape could feel their life could be better

 

Do you feel some part of you is left out? Maybe you feel too tall, too thin, or too tall. Or maybe you feel too “round” or “skinny.”

A new study from Dr. Bruce D. Hood, professor of psychology at Bristol University in England, shows that these body shape perceptions are just that: perceptions. The 2010 study used a series of questionnaires to measure people’s perceptions of their body shape, as well as how they perceived their lives overall.

The study used more than 3,000 subjects, with 68 percent reporting that they “felt dissatisfied with their body shape.”

“We found that people’s perceptions of their own body are unrealistic,” Hood said.

On top of this, those perceptions impacted how people perceived their lives overall. People with a pear-shaped body, for example, were 73 percent more likely than people with a “normal” body to feel dissatisfied with their lives.

“We wanted to see if people’s body perceptions had any impact on how their life was going,” Hood said.

Hood and his team found that perceptions do matter. They were also able to predict people’s satisfaction with their lives based on their body shape.

“It’s not just that people with unrealistic body perceptions are less happy; it’s also that they perceive their lives to be less satisfying and less satisfying predicts unhappiness,” Hood said.

In fact, according to the study, a “typical” pear-shaped woman would be 73 percent more likely to feel dissatisfied with her life than a typical woman.

“Overall, then, people’s perceptions of their body shape affect not only how they feel about their own lives, but how they perceive others’ lives

 

 

Ideal body shapes and how to best nurture them

 

At first glance, it could be expected that the body shape that is assumed by society to be most ideal would be the healthiest and happiest, yet empirical research does not confirm this.

The body shape that is most correlated with happiness and health is the triangle.

That is because the triangle shape, with its base of stability, provides the optimum balance between strength and flexibility.

The bottom part, the waist, should be 20-22 inches, and the top, the hip, should be 34-36 inches.

The triangle shape is optimal for movement because the pelvis and the legs are in balance.

When a person is healthy, the triangle shape of her body will be in harmony with her posture, and she will be free, relaxed, and full of energy.

A triangle body shape is the result of the balance between strength, flexibility, and stability.

A healthy person will have both strength and flexibility.

Strength comes from leg muscles, while flexibility comes from the pelvis, strength from the lower part of your spine and the muscles of your face, neck, and chest.

Stability is an attribute of your whole body and comes from your pelvis, the sides of your spine, and your back muscles.

A strong, flexible, and stable pelvis, shoulders, and neck will form the basis of a triangle body shape.

The spine, pelvis, and legs form a triangular construction, with the legs’ tendons and ligaments in the pelvis.

This triangle construction is the foundation of your physical strength.

The more balanced the triangle, the stronger the pelvis, shoulders, and legs.

The pelvis is also the foundation of your balance and is the source of your movement.

 

 

Conclusion

Whether you’re male or female, happy or unhappy, healthy or unhealthy, your body shape says a lot about you. If you want to change some aspects of your life – be it eating habits for fitness or activity or becoming an overall happier person – knowing your body shape will help guide you on what you need to do to achieve this. Understanding both your ideal and current body shape will help a lot as there’s a big difference between the two. Know your body type to improve your health and happiness. Let your body shape encourage good health and wellness habits.